The pandemic has led to an increase in drug use and opioid overdoses by 2020, making it even more important for the industry's compensation industry to review new prescriptions and monitor long-term opioid users, according to a study released Monday by Mitchell International Inc.
The software company's clinical trend report for 2020 revealed that the effects of the pandemic have led to an increase in opioid-related deaths and that drug use, including alcohol, is likely to increase as a result of the increases in stress, anxiety and mental health as the pandemic continues.
Since the beginning of the suspension, suspected drug overdoses increased by almost 20%, the study revealed.
"We anticipate that the prevalence of pandemic in relation to general drug abuse, and in particular opioid abuse, will continue to plummet in the coming years," said Mitch Freeman, MD and Vice President of Mitchell International Pharmacy. Solutions
While overdose s is not directly related to opioid prescriptions, Freeman found that 4% to 6% of opioid addicts switched to heroin and that 80% of heroin users had previously abused prescription opioids.
Studies on opioid prescribers have found that orthopedists and surgeons were among the highest prescribers of opioids, the highest prescribing surgeons averaging 40 to 70 pills per patient
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While the use of marijuana and its legalization continue to spread, the limited studies on its medicinal uses and side effects have not led to increased use of workers' compensation, according to the study.
Finally, the comp sector has also seen an increase in expensive therapeutic alternatives, which "are usually generic drugs that have chemicals other than the drug but are expected to have a similar clinical effect and safety profile," says Freeman. For example, he said, the drug Duexis costs about $ 3,000 a month, even though it is made with the same ingredients as ibuprofen and famotidine, which costs a total of about $ 30.
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